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November 2013Vol. 14, No. 8Teen Pregnancy in Foster Care

The teen pregnancy rate for youth in foster care is far greater than for youth in general. In 2011, 48 percent of girls in foster care had been pregnant at least once by 19 years of age, compared to 27 percent of the broader teen population. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy (The National Campaign) published a report, Why It Matters: Teen Child Bearing and Child Welfare, that provides key data on foster care and teen pregnancy and supports the need to increase efforts to reduce teen pregnancy in this population.

The report indicates that teen pregnancy and parenting may be barriers to completing education and pursuing secondary education, as well as barriers to employment opportunities for young parents as they transition out of foster care. In addition, the report suggests that the children of teen mothers are more likely than other children to enter the foster care system and notes that many studies have documented a higher incidence of child maltreatment among children born to teen mothers compared to children born to older mothers.

Why It Matters: Teen Child Bearing and Child Welfare is available on The National Campaign's website: (408 KB)

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The National Campaign and the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential have prepared a report identifying ways to prevent teen pregnancy for youth in foster care and to assist youth in reaching their goals. The report, Help Me to Succeed: A Guide for Supporting Youth in Foster Care to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, also is available at The National Campaign's website: (2 MB)